"Penetrate the heart of just one drop of water, and you will be flooded by a hundred oceans." ~ Mahmoud Shabestari
‘I’ and ‘you’ are but the lattices,
in the niches of a lamp,
through which the One Light shines.
‘I’ and ‘you’ are the veil
between heaven and earth;
lift this veil and you will see
no longer the bonds of sects and creeds.
When ‘I’ and ‘you’ do not exist,
what is mosque, what is synagogue?
What is the Temple of Fire?
"Knowing is passing from the false to the true and seeing the Absolute Whole in the part." ~ Mahmoud Shabestari
Let reason go. For His light
burns reason up from head to foot.
If you wish to see that Face,
seek another eye. The philosopher
with his two eyes sees double,
so is unable to see the unity of the Truth.
As His light burns up the angels,
even so does it consume reason.
As the light of our eyes is to the sun,
so is the light of reason to the Light of Lights.
English version by Florence Lederer